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US Federal Court Rules That Border Officials Need ‘Reasonable Suspicion’ to Search Electronics

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A US District Court ruled that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot search electronic devices at the border unless they have “reasonable suspicions” they contain contraband.

The ruling was the result of a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and the EEF on behalf of 10 US citizens and one permanent resident who had their electronic devices taken in searches while entering the country.

Under current CBP rules, an agent at a port of entry or airport can conduct a “basic search” of electronic devices with or without suspicion. Agents can also hold on to the device if they fail to complete an inspection.

Curated from PC Mag

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